Date of Award

Fall 12-2012

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Educational Leadership and School Counseling

Committee Chair

Dr. David Lee

Committee Chair Department

Educational Leadership and School Counseling

Committee Member 2

Dr. Rose McNeese

Committee Member 2 Department

Educational Leadership and School Counseling

Committee Member 3

Dr. James T. Johnson

Committee Member 4

Dr. Frances Karnes

Committee Member 4 Department

Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education

Abstract

There has been an emphasis on educators to improve student achievement, particularly in low socioeconomic schools. The latest research encourages educators to use student data to drive instruction. The purpose of this study was to determine if using data to arrange students by academic performance improves academic achievement. A middle school in Mississippi has implemented Continuous Progress Curriculum to group students based on multiple data points. Throughout the school year, data from tests and assignments are analyzed by teachers and administrators. Based on the data, students are moved to the most appropriate performance level that will address the skills and content the student needs to improve academic achievement. The study revealed an increase in student achievement.

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